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The Goonies (1985)

This movie is horrible. I can’t understand what any of the kids are saying. So stupid. The only reason to watch it is because it’s a well known kids’ movie from the 1980s, and it also heavily influenced Stranger Things, but Stranger Things is so much better and more watchable.

But I did get a kick out of how they made fun of the Mexican housekeeper’s inability to speak English, and the Asian kid was a walking stereotype with a cringy Japanese-ish accent. This would be called “racist” today. Also, the weirdly deformed and retarded brother of the bad guys, you also wouldn’t see that in a modern movie either; it would be considered insensitive to people with disabilities.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 27, 2019 at 9:05 PM

Posted in Movies

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  1. A few people have suggested Heathers. I watched that for the first time a few months back, and it seemed amazing that it got made. I’m for that one, if you want to keep watching 80s movies.


    November 27, 2019 at 9:59 PM

    • ok thanks

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 27, 2019 at 10:00 PM

    • What about Cannonball Run I and II? They were a lot guidos for a movie series that isn’t about the Godfellas, and throw in the Eastern Asiatic, Jackie Chan with Tony Danza.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      November 27, 2019 at 10:50 PM

    • The songs from the musical are great!

      Monsieur le Baron

      November 28, 2019 at 3:39 PM

  2. Are you feeling nostalgic because it’s the holiday season? Is that why you’re rewatching all these 80s movies?

    I remember I thought it was a good movie when I saw it as a kid. I vaguely remember the Asian kid, but don’t remember him having an accent. I don’t remember the Mexican housekeeper at all.


    November 27, 2019 at 10:33 PM

  3. The annoying Eastern Asiatic from Goonies is the same guy in Indiana Jones. I believe he was also in Gremlins where he offered Gizmo for sale to a White guy. Maybe I’m wrong, too lazy to google.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    November 27, 2019 at 10:46 PM

  4. Lion, at times like this do you wish you had a family to go home to for the holidays. If Lion had a family he would be enjoying going shopping to the mall or the local football game with his kids.


    November 28, 2019 at 8:14 AM

    • Or maybe the shooting range, but he is anti gun and anyone who has one is a lowly ‘prole’ unless it’s the police of course.


      November 29, 2019 at 6:26 PM

  5. You’re an idiot. Your “cancel culture” ideology is the reason why society is falling apart.


    November 28, 2019 at 11:56 AM

  6. This will be the first Thanksgiving ever that I’ve had to work. Fortunately I’m not starting until 10pm, so there’s ample time for the traditional meal, and what with a holiday bonus and overtime pay I’ll be making close to $400 for the day.



    November 28, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    • Working on Thanksgiving is prole regardless!

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      November 28, 2019 at 6:50 PM

      • What if you’re an investment banker who works on Thanksgiving to put the final touches on a big merger?



        November 29, 2019 at 6:26 PM

      • Fine. When are you retiring? Work is prole. Working for someone is prolier than working for yourself or investing.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        November 30, 2019 at 10:03 PM

      • ” Work is prole.”

        Good grief

        Mike Street Station

        December 1, 2019 at 8:32 AM

      • ” Work is prole.”

        “Good grief”

        Exactly. Prole in the context of this blog generally refers to Fussell’s context that originally brought “prole” into this blog’s local lexicon. Some posters seem like they haven’t read or otherwise understood Fussell.

        Work isn’t necessarily prole and being one’s “own boss” is often prole. Both work and working for someone are often UC.

        The converse also holds true: not working is often bottom out of sight class and being one’s own boss is often prole.


        December 1, 2019 at 4:32 PM

      • * scratch the last sentence of the last post. I had meant to delete it but didn’t.


        December 1, 2019 at 4:34 PM

  7. Happy Thanksgiving, Lion. I’ve read your blog for years. Don’t always agree but you are always an interesting read. Hope you’re having a great day.


    November 28, 2019 at 4:34 PM

  8. Dont go full retard. Jesus christ bro. It’s a fucking fun movie. It’s not trying to solve world hunger.

    Dirt Mcgurt

    November 28, 2019 at 7:28 PM

  9. Fandango (1985). Kevin Costner. Judd Nelson… “Five college buddies from the University of Texas circa 1971 embark on a final road trip odyssey across the Mexican border before facing up to uncertain futures, in Vietnam and otherwise.”


    November 28, 2019 at 7:48 PM

  10. Please talk about this American Affairs article on class and politics. I believe Julius Krein is the chief editor and founder, and he is very sharp.

    You only get 1 free article a month now, apparently. Anyway the article mentions a few points that you’ve covered over the years, like the Democrats being the real party of the rich, but it also breaks some new ground in detailing Warren and Sander’s real constituency (young upper class professionals). It’s going along the lines of intra-elite competition, another topic that comes up here.

    Talking about this article would also be more interesting than your posts about 80s movies and DnD.


    November 28, 2019 at 11:32 PM

    • Hi Lowe,

      It amuses me to write that.

      Thanks for the article. It’s good. I have to read it more carefully to digest it but I will and I’ll comment on it.

      Yesterday (yes, I was reading the internet during Thanksgiving….) I came across two interesting articles about the intra-Democratic wars, and I found them interesting.

      This is kind of long & talky, but check it out:

      Honestly, I’m no Warren fan, but as the writer described it, Obama treated her like dirt, was deeply patronizing, and seems to hate her on a visceral level. I wonder if she reminds him of his Mommy? Anyway, it’s an intriguing read.

      And this:

      I don’t share the author’s conclusions, but I found the following grafs to be perceptive:

      To be very overly broad (I am, I am aware, describing the beliefs and motives of a large and diverse set of individuals), “Clinton World” detests Bernie Sanders, is largely on board with Kamala Harris, but has no real problem with Elizabeth Warren and would greet her nomination without much rancor.

      “Obama World” doesn’t share this perspective. It doesn’t take Sanders seriously, and thinks of him—even with some affection—as a harmless crank. It, however, strongly dislikes Warren. I don’t want to say it would stop at nothing to prevent her from winning the nomination, but there are a lot of ancient tensions between the two camps that are far from settled.



      November 29, 2019 at 10:50 AM

  11. Review Sleepaway Camp (1983). It unexpectedly touches on a hot button issue of our woke times. Interesting to compare to how it might be handled if made 36 years later. Don’t read about it (and ruin it)–just watch it.


    November 29, 2019 at 8:05 AM

  12. I hope everyone had a pleasant, conflict-free Thanksgiving!


    November 29, 2019 at 10:39 AM

  13. 100% agree with Lion’s Goonies assessment. This has to be the most overrated ’80s kids movie, and Stranger Things kicks it in the pants. Even as a kid, I thought it was overrated and not good.

    Princess Bride may be the #2 most overrated 80s kids movie, but unlike Goonies, Princess Bride is actually fairly good. It just doesn’t hold up to the hype I’ve encountered for it among grown-ass men.


    November 30, 2019 at 3:03 PM

  14. While I agree that Goonies isn’t premier adult entertainment, I think that it represents the best of non-animated kids movies from the 80’s. When I watch it in that context, I can enjoy it. For the average 80’s kid, it was fairly edgy (without it being too degenerate, especially by today’s standards) and the production value was especially high for the time.

    I’ve never gotten through one episode of Stranger Things. Part of it is the multicultural / Amerimutt factor that I find too obvious and intentional to not be annoying, and part of it is the writing.


    November 30, 2019 at 8:07 PM

  15. Stranger Things became absolutely terrible after the 1st season, however. I’ve never seen a show/film descend so quickly into utter boring nonsense.

    Panther of the Blogocube

    December 1, 2019 at 12:17 PM

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